Thanks for joining me because I am celebrating 3 years of working as a Virtual Assistant. If anyone had ever told me I would be working for myself and not be formally employed I would have told them they were a raving lunatic. And here we are … self-employed and loving it most of the time. I would like to share with you a few nuggets of wisdom learned in the school of hard knocks:
- Never say never! You have no idea how you can surprise yourself if you give yourself the opportunity to do so.
- If you fail to plan then you plan to fail. Planning is key to a successful business. It can be boring and takes up time but is crucial to your success.
- Listenening to your heart is as important if not more so than head knowledge. You may be a new VA or a seasoned VA and what I can tell you out of personal experience is that no one knows you better than you know yourself. If I had listened to my head I would never have embarked on this journey. My heart said “go for it” and my head said “you might fail and what will your family, friends and colleagues say then?” Only two people believed in what I was about to embark on. One was my ex employer and the other my best friend. Dr Tim Noakes, a renowned Sports Scientist from South Africa who is known throughout the world for his revolutionary eating plan called “Banting” said at a Chamber of Commerce meeting: “All it takes is one person to believe in you even if you don’t believe in yourself”. I wrote his words down and have never forgotten them. Obviously self-belief is so important and crucial to success but so is belief by one person in your ability.
- Don’t compare yourself to others in your profession. I am not saying that you should not be aware of what other V.A.’s are doing; not at all! What I am saying is don’t compare yourself to them. You will, as a new VA, be completely intimidated. Learn from them, respect them, befriend them but do not compare yourself to them. You are your own person with your own skills that will grow as you build your business. DO NOT compare yourself to another VA EVER. You will always come up short.
- Enjoy yourself! If you don’t enjoy the business you are building and don’t enjoy the work you are doing, stop right now. You will probably end up being demotivated, stressed and even ill. Working for oneself is hard enough without hating every minute. There will probably be some clients you like more than others. There will also be some work you enjoy very much and some work that you aren’t too keen on. Remember that it is important to enjoy yourself. Make things fun. Remind yourself why you are in business for yourself and take those coffee breaks at times of the day that were previously not allowed when you were in full-time employment. Reward yourself but more than anything else enjoy yourself!
I have so much more to share with you but this is a blog and not a book. I would like to thank the readers that follow my blog every week and more importantly comment on it. You are the reason why I write my blog. Thank you for your participation and remember that all comments and observations are treasured.
See you on line,